One to Watch: Marshawn Lynch is back and ready to go Beast Mode at Wembley

Oakland Raiders v Los Angeles Rams

The NFL games in London are back, finally! And to celebrate three straight weeks of football at Wembley, we're going to be taking a look at one player or storyline to watch out for from every team that is taking to the hallowed turf at the home of football.

Yesterday, we took a look at Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, who is establishing himself as the beating heart of a new-look defense in Seattle. You can take a look at that by clicking here.

But it's a new day, yes it is, and we've got a new feature for you lovely lot. So, representing the Oakland Raiders, we're going to be highlighting one man that everyone will be very familiar with - Marshawn Lynch. Yes, it's Beast Mode himself. Let's get into this. 

For the first time since announcing his initial retirement following the 2015 season, Marshawn Lynch is going to go up against the team where he became a household name and gained unwanted infamy for his actions both on and off the field. 

The Skittles-loving, interview hating, defender trucking machine is going up against the team that decided to pass instead of handing it to him at the one-yard line and we cannot wait to see how Beast Mode finally takes his revenge for that awful decision by Pete Carroll.

Now in his second year with the Oakland Raiders after taking a season off back in 2016, Lynch is looking back in his groove and ready to write a new chapter in the story of his career on Sunday. It's a chance to seal his legacy and show all the 12s out there what they are missing. 

Back playing for his hometown team, Lynch has belied his 32 years of age to spearhead the Raiders rushing attack, keeping Doug Martin and Jalen Richard at bay as he keeps pounding the rock in his trademark punishing style. 

Oakland Raiders v Los Angeles Chargers

So, how has 2018 gone for the big man?

So far, at least, he's been one of the only real positives about the Raiders as a whole. 

Now, Oakland are playing terribly under head coach Jon Gruden - who has the Raiders sitting 4th in the AFC West on a 1-4 record, with their only win coming in overtime against the Cleveland Browns. But that shouldn't take away from the work Marshawn has put in.

Beast Mode currently ranks ninth in the NFL in rushing yards with 331 yards from scrimmage and a very nice 4.3-yard average per carry - which is just shy of the 4.4 he had during his time as a Seahawk. He also has three scores so far in 2018. 

Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers

One interesting battle will see Lynch going up against one of the remaining Seahawks players he was actually teammates with - linebacker Bobby Wagner. 

Wagner, who once dislocated Lynch's finger in practice when trying to punch the ball out, said that he's excited to finally be going against Marshawn at full speed.

“Never got a chance to tackle Marshawn,” the All-Pro middle linebacker said. “He talked a lot of trash, so we get to finally go against each other. It’s going to be fun.”

“He looks like he got faster,” Wagner added. “When he was here he wasn’t breaking away from people. Now it looks like he can break away from people. He looks quicker. Looks stronger. It’s going to be a dope challenge if they give him the ball a lot.”

Lynch vs Wagner is going to be a battle, full of crunching hits, big tackles and hopefully some flashes of excellence. 

And we cannot wait for it! 

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